What In Heaven’s Name? An Analysis Of The Messages And World Views Coming From Aliens And Modern Day Angels -- By: Patty Tunnicliffe

Journal: Christian Apologetics Journal
Volume: CAJ 02:1 (Spring 1999)
Article: What In Heaven’s Name? An Analysis Of The Messages And World Views Coming From Aliens And Modern Day Angels
Author: Patty Tunnicliffe


What In Heaven’s Name?
An Analysis Of The Messages And World Views
Coming From Aliens And Modern Day Angels

Patty Tunnicliffe

Introduction

For as far back into recorded history as we can go, we find that man has looked at the heavens in awe. Their vastness and distance has inspired mystery and wonder, causing men to attribute some kind of meaning to them. Various cultures have felt that messages of importance could be found in the skies. Some saw images to which they attributed importance. Others came to believe that the heavens in some way governed man’s history and even his personality. Great significance was attached to comets, asteroids, and even to the stars themselves.

Time has not changed this. Man today is fascinated by the heavens as much as ever. Two primary ‘heavenly’ fascinations have gripped our present day culture: extra-terrestrials (ETs) and angels. According to a recent article in Time Magazine, 22% of all Americans believe that intelligent beings from somewhere other than earth have visited our planet.1 ETs are the subject of our movies, our television programs, and UFOs are even the subject of our commercials. There are ‘alien’ themes for eyeglasses, artwork, tee-shirts and even bumper stickers. Books in Print has as many titles on UFOs as it does books on the Kennedy family.2 UFO sites are prominent on the world wide web. There are seminars and entire conferences dedicated to the subject. In fact, many people today live their lives dominated by the belief that there is intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. Recently, we even witnessed the deaths of men and women involved in a UFO cult. Like men of old, they attributed such importance to a comet that they took their lives, hoping to join a UFO that they believed was trailing behind the Hale-Bopp comet.

Others are equally taken with angels. People magazine reports that 75% of Americans believe in angels.3 Like the ETs, angels enjoy their own TV shows, books, and artwork. If you have an interest in angels, you can buy angel jewelry, attend an angel conference, an angel tea, or an angel club. Angels have become big business, and have spawned a whole new industry built around these messengers from the skies. We will refer to them as the “modern angels.”

It is interesting to note that great wonders and signs in the skies attended the birth of Christ. Angels appeared in the night sky giving glory to God. A special star guided the wise men to Jesus. The difference today, however, is that the angels seem to have changed places with men. Instead of the angels appearing in the heavens speakin...

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